computer running like a old dog!

  athenrye 20:14 24 Nov 2011

im reasonably computer savvy, so can do most things... the computer is having sme issues, a couple of crashes and freezing at times, i would normally factory reset and get shot of most stuff

but i have a feeling this time that maybe my graphics card or ram isnt performing to well, is their a programme that can check the hardware running in my pc? or an easy way to check?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:21 24 Nov 2011

FReeezing PC

  1. Overheat due to faulty / blocked fans

  2. PSU voltages

  3. Household power surges fridge etc switching on/off

  4. faulty memory stick try memtest

  5. virus or spyware scan for both especially if shutting down with in a few minutes of switch on or internet use

  6. driver conflicts especially grahics cards get the latest drivers for your equipment

  7. lack of hard drive space / corrupt sectors - run chkdsk

  Snrub 23:17 24 Nov 2011

Have experienced similar problems on my computer. Event Manager faults almost meaningless in trying to interpret them so gave up on that approach. Device Manager in windows suggested all my drivers were up to date confirmed by running the Intel automatic driver updater from their website which showed no updates required. Getting nowhere and not getting any answers from the PCA Forum I decided to run a program SIW which gives a detailed breakdown of full system on computer. I then noticed a SIW update called AIDA64 Extreme Edition for W7 64bit and tried this program. When I ran it and tried driver updates it launched a website called with a free scan to check driver updates and running this gave me a list of 5 drivers which were out of date. Yes youv'e guessed it you had to pay for downloading the program to run them, but armed with the full details of driver descritions I manually trawled the updates out by googling them individually by trial and error. Surprisingly, Intel updates were available on the chipset and graphics driver and audio(realtek)which were not suggested from Intels own website updater or Windows Device Manager. Having run the driver updates I appear to have a stable computer once more. So in answer to this thread it is probably highly likely you are suffering from out of date driver(s). Its just the pain of finding them!

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